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Pukeko Room

About The Pukeko Room

The Pukeko Room is a small nursery for children aged 3 months – up to 2 yrs and is licensed for a maximum of 10 children per day/session, with a teacher to child ratio of 1:4.

Our qualified teachers recognize the value in building loving, secure attachments with each child to ensure they feel safe and happy. We work in partnership with each family to personalize your child’s care and routines and we keep a record of what your child has been doing each day to share with you.

The planning for the Pukeko Room stems from a combination of the children’s developmental stages, physical abilities and their own individual interests. The children’s interests are discovered by observation of the children and communication with parents/whānau.

This information is then used to ensure that the environment and resources in the Pukeko Room are stimulating and challenge the children’s abilities and interests.

The daily programme includes music times, mat times, story times, messy play and outside exploration and free play times. These times allow the children and staff to explore specific curriculum areas and developmental stages, including, but not limited to:

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The Pukeko Room

Our Pukeko Room is a small nursery for up to 8 tamariki aged 0 –2 years. Our preferred child: teacher ratio is 1:4 (Ministry ratios for this age range are 1:5).

Our qualified and experienced kaiako recognize the value in building loving, positive relationships with every tamariki and their parents and whanau to ensure everyone feels supported emotionally, physically and socially at Pebbles.

Our kaiako welcome your feedback and value your input. Parents and whanau are encouraged to visit at any time and our door is always open. Please do enter the Pukeko Room through the entrance at the side of the building, we have our own separate door and signing in area for the Pukeko Room.

We create our routines and rituals around what is important to you and your child, we listen to you and your aspirations for your child. Tamariki are always at the centre of everything we do.

Our kaiako embrace all aspects of our early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki. Our daily programme includes music times, mat times, story times, messy play and outside exploration as well as lots of time to explore our learning environments.

We welcome your input, ideas and feedback to support your child’s learning journey. Please do let us know what your child’s interests and strengths as we decide on Learning Pathways together for your child at Pebbles.

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Fine and gross motor skills

Rhythm and beat

Sensory exploration

Creative art skills

Turn taking and sharing

Learning the daily routines and events

“Children’s learning and development in play based contexts is supported through caring, learning-focused partnerships”
Indicator #1 What Matters Most  - Education Review Office

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The Kea Room

Our Kea Room is our toddler room for up to 18 tamariki aged 2-3 years old with 3 kaiako. Our preferred child: teacher ratio is 1:6 (Ministry ratios are 1:6 and 2:20).

Transitions into the Kea Room from the Pukeko Room or as a new enrolment are carefully planned so that the child has had time to meet their key teacher and be familiar with their learning environment. We request at least a 2 week transition plan and we are guided by the child, we respect some tamariki will take longer to transition.

Our Kea children enter the classroom after being signed in at the entrance, walking along the decking and arriving at the classroom door. Parents are welcome in the learning environment and can talk to the Kaiako at any time. We encourage every tamariki to independently unpack their bag, placing lunch boxes and drink bottles on the shelf and then finding their cubbyhole for their bag. We request that toys stay at home but children are welcome to bring a ‘comforter’ when they go to sleep.

Our programme for the day includes mat times, Montessori work time, music times, messy play and group times as well as plenty of time to explore our learning environment. We have plenty Montessori activities for tamariki to choose throughout the day including practical life, sensorial, maths and language activities.

We welcome your ideas, feedback and input to support your child’s learning journey. Please do let us know your child’s interests and strengths as we decide on Learning Pathways together for your child at Pebbles.  Please feel free to talk to the teachers at any time or add your news and ideas to your child’s learning journey on Educa.

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Maths and science concepts

Colour recognition

Learning letters and numbers

Being involved in drama

Taking turns and sharing

Emergent literacy

Being creative through different art mediums

Listening skills and following instructions

Self help skills

Learning about rhythm and beat

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“Children, parents and whanau contribute to a curriculum that recognises their languages, identities and cultures”
Indicator #2 What Matters Most – Education Review Office

Tui Room

The Tui Room

Our Tui Room is for children aged 3 - 6years old with a preferred teacher: child ratio of 1:8 (Ministry ratios are 2:20).  Our experienced Montessori teachers have set up the learning environment as a Montessori classroom and embrace a Montessori day. The Tui Room is well equipped with Montessori resources for practical life, sensorial activities, maths, language and cultural activities. Kaiako plan for individual learning as well as group Inquiry Learning.

“Assessment practices enhance children’s mana and identity as successful learners” Indicator #6 What Matters Most – Education Review Office

Our Tui tamariki are encouraged to enter the classroom independently through the front door, after being signed in by parents/whanau. Tamariki are encouraged to unpack their own bags, placing lunch boxes and drink bottles on the shelf and finding a cubby hole for their bag and belongings.

Transitions from the Kea Room and as a new enrolment are carefully planned so that tamariki know their key teacher and are familiar with their learning environment. Kaiako in the Tui Room organise regular visits to the local schools as part of our Transition to School Programme. Please see our Transition to School Policy for more information.

We welcome your ideas, feedback and input to support your child’s learning journey. Please do let us know your child’s interests and strengths as we decide on Learning Pathways together for your child at Pebbles.  Please feel free to talk to the teachers at any time or add your news and ideas to your child’s learning journey on Educa.

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Developing fine motor skills to include correct pencil & scissor techniques

Developing gross motor skills including a regular PMP programme

Encouraging confident communication skills

Promoting friendship and social skills

Inspiring a love of learning and promoting problem solving skills

Introducing the building blocks for numeracy and literacy

Promoting self confidence and following interests and ideas

“Children’s learning and development is supported through culturally responsive and intentional pedagogy”
Indicator #5 What Matters Most-  Education review Office.

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